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Study: Wild Lettuce Could Serve As Rubber Source

April 9, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The project began after WSU professor Ian Burke recalled a 2006 study noting the similarities between natural rubber polymers and the sap produced by prickly lettuce, the wild ancestor of commercially grown lettuce.

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IBM To Aid Developers During NASA Hackathon

April 8, 2015 3:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The International Space App Challenge, which will run for 48 hours beginning Friday, invites participants to design solutions to 35 separate challenges divided into four categories: outer space, Earth, humans and robotics.

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The Swell of Automation In Manufacturing

April 8, 2015 3:19 pm | by Lisa Richards | Comments

Benefits of automated facility management include better integration and control of systems, cutting costs and energy reduction, production consistency, safety and reduction of workplace injuries and automated systems and computerized maintenance management.

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The World’s Tiniest Computer

April 8, 2015 3:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Now, there’s a one millimeter cubed computer that can fit on the edge of a nickel. Called the Michigan Micro Mote (M^3), it’s believed to be the smallest autonomous computer in the world.

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East, West Coast Ports Import Volume Now Nearly Equal

April 8, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

As the talks became increasingly heated late last year, monthly import traffic at East Coast ports grew at a higher rate than West Coast traffic compared to 2013 numbers.

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FDA Proposal Would Exempt Certain Farm Sales From Registration Requirements

April 8, 2015 3:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

FDA rules currently require food processing, packing and storage facilities to register with the agency, but farms and restaurants are among those defined as "retail food establishments" that are exempt from the mandate.

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Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: California’s Worst Drought In History

April 8, 2015 3:08 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Brown’s executive order primarily targets wasteful practices, including watering residential lawns and washing cars.

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Tesla Boosts Power And Price Of Low-End Model S

April 8, 2015 10:37 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | Comments

The new all-wheel-drive model, called the 70-D, can go a government-certified 240 miles per charge, has 514 horsepower and can go from zero to 60 in 5.2 seconds. Buyers also get free access to Tesla's network of quick-charging stations.

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These Water Treatment Technologies Are So Powerful They Can Fight Drought

April 8, 2015 10:29 am | by GE Reports | Comments

A recent U.N. report found that two-thirds of the world’s population could be vulnerable to water shortages and 1.8 billion people would be living in “countries or regions with absolute water scarcity” by 2025.

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Report Expects Demand For Oilfield Chemicals To Increase

April 8, 2015 10:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The report conceded that the recent crude price decline sharply curtailed the market, but said the underlying conditions that fostered growth in previous years would spark a rebound.

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Review: A Week With The Apple Watch

April 8, 2015 10:03 am | by Bloomberg Business | Comments

The Apple Watch is a huge new release for the company. Bloomberg's Josh Topolsky spent a week with the new watch and can tell you if it's worth your money.

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Shell Looks To Acquire BG Group In Historic $70B Deal

April 8, 2015 9:51 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The reported $70 billion transaction would be the industry's third-largest on record, uniting Shell's $202 billion market value with BG's $46 billion value.

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California Water Restrictions Largely Avoid Farms

April 8, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown largely called on Californians to change their habits in response to the drought, potentially including landscape alterations and a rebate program for more efficient appliances.

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Recalls Of The Week: Apps Aggregate Safety Data

April 7, 2015 3:51 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

New smartphone apps make it easier than ever to keep an eye on recent, relevant recall information.

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Is Fracking Responsible For Earthquakes In Oklahoma?

April 7, 2015 3:46 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Comments

According to Joe Wertz, an energy reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma, there is compelling evidence and studies to indicate that fracking and the procedures behind wastewater disposal may be to blame.

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Summer Gas Prices Expected To Be 32 Percent Lower This Year

April 7, 2015 3:14 pm | by Damian J. Troise, AP Business Writer | Comments

The national average price is forecast to fall 32 percent from a year ago to $2.45 a gallon between April and September, the period when Americans do most of their driving. That would mark the lowest seasonal average since 2009.

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BMW’s Crash-Proof Car

April 7, 2015 3:01 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Although collision-avoidance systems are not new, BMW’s system isn’t just focused on the car in front of you — the sensors keep track of walls, columns and other objects, which constantly remap the area.

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Survey: Manufacturers Optimistic Despite Stronger Dollar

April 7, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The survey showed a lack of qualified workers as the leading manufacturing headwind — 35 percent of respondents identified that problem — followed closely by legislative or regulatory pressures at 33 percent and lack of demand at 29 percent.

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U.S. Safety Board: Oil Train Tank Cars Need Urgent Updates

April 7, 2015 1:43 pm | by Matthew Brown, The Associated Press | Comments

The board called for relief valves on tank cars to prevent pressure from building inside them as they heat up from nearby fires, which can cause the cars to explode.

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USDA Unveils App To Help Prevent Wasted Food

April 7, 2015 10:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The app specifically includes pages for more than 400 items, tips for proper cooking, notifications about products nearing the end of their shelf lives and an "Ask Karen" feature for other questions that can be directed to the USDA.

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